Justin Trudeau Falls Flat On His Blackface – Wonkette

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for another blackface scandal. We’ve covered a variety of Al Jolson sightings while on the blackface beat, but this is our first with an international dateline. We learned last night that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore blackface to an “Arabian Nights”-themed party at the private school where he was […]

Opinion | The Religion of Whiteness Becomes a Suicide Cult – The New York Times

CreditCreditMatt Chase “White men,” an obscure Australian academic named Charles Henry Pearson predicted in his 1893 book “National Life and Character: A Forecast,” would be “elbowed and hustled, and perhaps even thrust aside” by people they had long regarded as their inferiors — “black and yellow races.” China, in particular, would be a major threat. […]

Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: U.S. agency | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Uber had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March even though the car had identified the need to apply the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. The report into the first fatal […]

TTC’s Brad Ross on The Commuter: What not to do if Liam Neeson boards your train – The Globe and Mail

When The Globe and Mail asked if I would consider writing something about Liam Neeson’s latest action thriller, The Commuter, I eagerly agreed. Not since The Taking of Pelham 123 has Hollywood fare given public transit such a platform. I imagined a storyline that had Neeson’s daughter, stuck on a shuttle bus – or worse, […]

Why Canada’s New Cultural Policy Will Be Terrible for the Arts · The Walrus

If every generation gets the culture it deserves, then Creative Canada is the cultural policy we deserve. With its panegyrics to innovation, digital solutions, and “creative hubs,” Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s new strategy, released on September 28, is an unmistakable product of our moment. But beneath the carapace of Silicon Valley jargon and political sloganeering hides […]

Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13.’ – The New York Times

Cover Photo Carole Atkins, with children from the Syrian refugee family she sponsored, at an ice rink in Toronto. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13.’ Everyday Canadians spent a year embracing Syrians in the world’s most personal resettlement program. Letting them go might be […]

1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests – Politics – CBC News

A “significant segment” of Canadians say Canada’s 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high, while one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel ban. Those are just two of the findings in a new Angus Reid Institute poll that looked at Canadians’ attitudes toward the federal government’s handling […]